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U.S. is a pro-gun nation, especially from a Republican viewpoint, survey finds

Hunters on dawn patrol in search of doves.

The October issue of Outdoor Life arrived in the mail today, and inside are recent poll results that might be of interest to hunters and fishermen.

The polls, conducted by Rasmussen Reports, asked whether the Constitution guarantees the right to own a gun and what was behind the recent increase in gun sales.

Among Americans polled, 75% said the Constitution guaranteed the right to own a gun. The percentage of "yes" answers was higher among Republicans (92%) and lower among Democrats (64%). Among others, 71% answered yes.

As for the second question, 57% of those polled cited fear of increased government restrictions as the reason for a spike in gun sales; 23% said it was because of a fear of crime, while 20% were unsure.

What Outdoor Life left out was that Americans appear to be evenly divided regarding the much hotter issue of gun control: 44% of respondents said stricter laws are needed, while 44% said they're not. The other 12% were unsure.

Republicans and Democrats were evenly divided as well: 63% of Republicans polled said they opposed stricter gun laws while 62% of Democrats said stricter laws are needed.

A Rasmussen poll conducted last October found that 63% of U.S. voters believed Barack Obama would be more inclined to restrict gun rights than John McCain, his rival in the presidential election (84% of Republicans answered yes to this question).

To be sure, it was no coincidence that the run on guns and ammo began when it became clear who would win that election.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Hunters on dawn patrol in search of doves. Credit: George Wilhelm / Los Angeles Times

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Support for stricter gun control laws has diminished drastically and this is reflected in other polls, too. For example, in the ABC News/Washington Post poll, when asked, "Do you favor or oppose stricter gun control laws in this country?" in April 2009, 51% were in favor and 48% opposed. But ten years ago in May 1999 it was 67% in favor and only 31% opposed.

Gallup has been asking, "In general, do you feel that the laws covering the sale of firearms should be made more strict, less strict, or kept as they are now?" since 1990, when 78% supported stricter laws, but in May 2008, that number had shrunk to just 49%.

Across the political spectrum, among conservatives and liberals, men and women, democrats and republicans, young and old, white and minority, support for the Second Amendment is growing.

This is a little-noticed development, because most major metropolitan newspapers have relegated this news to their "outdoors" and "feature" sections. However, I can remember ten or fifteen years ago when support for gun control seemed to be growing, those stories made headlines and were carried prominently in the first section of the newspaper, if not the front page.

John Lott Ph.D. and Gary Kleck Ph.D. have written books on self defense with guns. Dr. Minton at Boston Univ. concluded a study - of 44 countries, the highest crime is in the countries with the most restrictive gun laws. Australia, Russia, U.K. and Jamaica all restricted guns in the 90s with increases in all violent crime, rape etc. In the US 15% of home robberies occur when the family is home. In the UK it approaches 50%. Robber knows they can't have a gun, so.....In the US 42 or more of the states now have a concealed carry permits. Our crime is DOWN, DOWN, Down, per FBI stats. Check your World Alminac. Yes, we are still too violent. UK is more so now!
Would you put a sign on your lawn or door This is a gun free zone? And why not? National gun control advertises you don't have a gun. At LewRockwell.com you can read the John Lott studies. Enlightening, I am a convert. Also check a book Death by Gun Control. It gives the 8 biggest genocides of the 1900s. All but one preceeded by gun registration,then confiscation,then killing. If citizens have no guns, more is possible by the government.
Power corrupts. Just human. Needs to be in checked.



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